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UD 2020 : Fourth workshop on Universal Dependencies


When Sep 4, 2020 - Sep 4, 2020
Where Barcelona, Spain
Submission Deadline Sep 4, 2020
Categories    NLP

Call For Papers

Dear colleagues,

Following the postponement of COLING 2020, the Universal Dependencies workshop will also be postponed to December 13. We have therefore moved the submission deadline to September 4, 2020. Please see below for the updated call for papers and visit the workshop's website at for more information.

Marie-Catherine de Marneffe, Miryam de Lhoneux, Joakim Nivre, Sebastian Schuster

Fourth workshop on Universal Dependencies, September 14 (Barcelona, Spain)



Submission deadline: May 15, 2020


Universal Dependencies (UD; is a
framework for cross-linguistically consistent treebank annotation that
has so far been applied to 90 languages.

The framework is aiming to capture similarities as well as
idiosyncracies among typologically different languages (e.g.,
morphologically rich languages, pro-drop languages, and languages
featuring clitic doubling). The goal in developing UD was not only to
support comparative evaluation and cross-lingual learning but also to
facilitate multilingual natural language processing and enable
comparative linguistic studies.

Since the release of the first guidelines in October 2014, and the
subsequent release of the first 10 treebanks, we have seen rapid growth
towards a collection of over 150 treebanks.

The Universal Dependencies workshop series was started to create a forum
for discussion of the theory and practice of UD, its use in research and
development, and its future goals and challenges. The three workshops so
far were held at NoDaLiDa in Gothenburg (2017), at EMNLP in Brussels
(2018) and at SyntaxFest in Paris (2019).

Note regarding the COVID-19 pandemic: Like the COLING 2020 organizers,
we remain optimistic that the workshop can take place in Barcelona in
September. We will closely monitor the developments and will inform you
as early as possible in case we have to make alternative arrangements.
We will also provide opportunities for remote presentations to
presenters who cannot attend in person due to potentially remaining
travel bans.


The fourth workshop on Universal Dependencies invites papers on all
topics relevant to UD, including but not limited to:

* theoretical foundations and universal guidelines
* linguistic analysis of specific languages and/or constructions
* language typology and linguistic universals
* treebank annotation, conversion and validation
* word segmentation, morphological tagging and syntactic parsing
* downstream applications in natural language processing
* linguistic studies based on the UD data

Priority will be given to papers that adopt a cross-lingual perspective.



We solicit two types of papers: regular workshop papers and
cross-submissions. Papers will be presented as oral presentations or
posters, but only regular workshop papers will be included in the
proceedings, where no distinction will be made on the basis of mode of

The regular workshop papers can be long papers (maximum length of eight
(8) pages of content) as well as short papers (maximum length of four
(4) pages of content), and should report substantially original
research. Reviews will be double-blind.

In addition to unpublished work, in the spirit of promoting discussion
in the UD community, we also solicit papers on related topics that have
already appeared elsewhere. The selection of these papers will solely be
determined by the organizing committee.


IMPORTANT: Submission Guidelines

Please note that UDW-20 adopts ACL's policies for submission, review,
and citation:,_Review_and_Citation

Submissions that violate any of these policies will be rejected without
review. Most importantly, the policies define an anonymity period, which
starts on April 15, 2020 for UDW-20.



We secured funds from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Google
to offer grants to some participants to partially cover travel and/or
registration fees. If you are interested in receiving such a grant,
please indicate this at the time of submission. The funds from the NSF
are restricted to students currently enrolled at a US university; for
the remaining funds, we will prioritize students, participants with
accepted papers, and participants from universities outside of the US.



* Martha Palmer, University of Colorado Boulder, USA



* Start of anonymity period: Wednesday, April 15
* Submission deadline: Friday, May 15
* Notification of acceptance: Wednesday, June 24
* Camera-ready papers due: Friday, July 10
* Workshop: Monday, September 14

All deadlines are 11:59pm PDT (UTC-7).



Workshop chairs & organizing committee:

* Miryam de Lhoneux, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
* Marie-Catherine de Marneffe, The Ohio State University, USA
* Joakim Nivre, Uppsala University, Sweden
* Sebastian Schuster, Stanford University, USA




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